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Call for Papers--Writing Against the Curriculum: Anti-Disciplinarity in the Writing and Cultural Studies Classroom

Cultural studies critiques of disciplinarity have engendered a wide range of alternatives to the disciplinary norms that govern the American academy: multi-, inter-, pre-, post-, trans-, and anti-disciplinarity. We seek essays that use these notions as grounds to think through writing and the writing-intensive classroom as spaces in which to challenge the conventional organization and segregation of knowledges and epistemologies into discrete and highly regulated disciplines. Building, for example, on the work of Henry Giroux, Paolo Freire, Cary Nelson, and others, we imagine “disciplinary” writing as “disciplined” writing, in the sense that Michel Foucault uses the term in Discipline and Punish: writing produced under the auspices of highly controlled and tightly guarded disciplines is subject to surveillance and restriction that governs what knowledge can be made, under what conditions it can be made, and how it is authorized. Therefore, we see writing courses (now more and more considered to be pre-disciplinary, and therefore outside the disciplines) and language-intensive cultural studies courses (which have the potential to cut across a wide variety of disciplines, particularly in the humanities) to be rich spaces in which to enact a resistant pedagogy that asks students to think beyond and against the disciplinary conventions which govern much of the rest of higher education pedagogies.

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Chronicle Colloquy: Freshman Comp, Revolutionized

The Chronicle of Higher Education will be hosting a colloquy about Topic (Texas Tech Online-Print Integrated Curriculum) featuring Fred Kemp:

Wednesday, March 8, at 1:30 p.m., U.S. Eastern time

To post questions in advance for Fred and to read more about the topic, look here:

http://chronicle.com/colloquy/

and then check out the article that prompts the discussion:

A New Way to Grade. Don't miss it!

Building Bridges: Second Language Writing Across Contexts (CFP)

Call for Papers—Building Bridges: Second Language Writing Across Contexts

We invite contributions for an edited collection, Building Bridges: Second Language Writing Across Contexts, which attempts to close existing gaps in international conversations among second language writing scholars in elementary and secondary schools, two-year colleges, post-secondary institutions, and community programs. Much current scholarship on second language writing comes out of post-secondary institutions in the United States. This volume attempts to build bridges between this context and other sites of second language writing research, theory, and pedagogy.

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WPA 29:1/2 (Fall 2005) in the mail

Dear Members of the Council of Writing Program Administrators:

The latest issue of WPA: Writing Program Administration (29.1/2 [Fall 2005]) was mailed out to current members several weeks ago. If you have not received your copy of the issue, please let John Tassoni, WPA Secretary pro tem, know: tassonjp@muohio.edu

Many thanks to our WPA Managing Editors--Greg Glau, Barry Maid, and Duane Roen-- and the entire Editorial Team for bringing us these thought-provoking and useful articles.

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Call for Proposals, WPA at MLA Panels, December 2006, Philadlphia, PA

Call for Proposals: WPA Sessions at MLA
December, 2006
Philadelphia, PA

The WPA Executive Board and the committee on WPA at MLA (Dominic Delli Carpini, Eli Goldblatt, and Rebecca Moore Howard) invite proposals for 2 panels to be held at the December, 2006 convention of the Modern Language Association in Philadelphia, PA.

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Roundtable Discussants Needed - WPA 2006

Are FYC courses your school taught primarily by faculty (“regular” and/or temporary)? If so, I ask you to consider participating in a roundtable discussion I’m proposing for WPA 2006.

WPA scholarship tends to ignore, I believe, those of us in institutions where FYC courses are staffed primarily, if not exclusively, by faculty. I’m interested in widening our profession’s conception of WPA work and identity by looking at the locations in which we work and the roles place, location, and culture play in our work. If your FYC courses are staffed primarily by a relatively stable cadre of faculty on some kind of continuing appointment and would like to participate in this roundtable discussion, please email me at sduffey@georgiasouthern.edu. Include a brief description of your staff, the kind of institution you work at, and perhaps a question or two you think your position raises about WPA theory, practice, or scholarship. I’ll put together a group whose “locations” might be expected to bring up a diversity of issues.

WPA Breakfast at CCCC 2006

If you're attending CCCC in March, you won't want to miss the WPA Breakfast! You can now purchase your breakfast ticket online at Digital WPA, as well as donate to the Robert J. Connors Memorial Fund, which supports graduate student attendance at the breakfast.

http://wpacouncil.org/node/275

Thursday March 23, 7:00-8:30 a.m.
DePaul Center Student Union Cafeteria

Enjoy an excellent buffet of Farm Fresh Fluffy Scrambled Eggs, with or without Cheese, Crispy Bacon and Sausage Links, Country Style Potatoes, Seasonal Fresh Fruit Platter, Chilled Juices, Assorted Mini Pastries, Starbucks Coffee (Regular and Decaffeinated) and Hot Tea with Lemon—as well as good company, presentations of awards, miscellaneous announcements, and as always a few surprises.

Reminder: Proposals for 2006 WPA Conference due February 1

Dear WPA member:

If you are planning to submit a proposal for the 2006 WPA Conference in Chattanooga July 13-16, the February 1 deadline is quickly approaching. After February 1, proposals will be accepted on a space-available-only basis.

The call for proposals can be viewed on the WPA website at this node: http://wpacouncil.org/node/216

To submit a proposal, you will have to log in as a member.

Please let me know if you encounter difficulties in logging-in or in using the proposal submission form.

Thanks,
Shirley

Shirley K Rose, President
Ccouncil of Writing Program Admin

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